A former Petroc apprentice who is now in charge of McLarens prototype vehicle development has officially opened the colleges new engineering building. Richard Yeo travelled to North Devon for the event - bringing with him a £260,000 super car. The McLaren 675LT was the star of the show, as Richard spoke to the students about how his career began at the college in 1992. Richard told the students they needed hard work, determination and a will to succeed. The UK and the South West have suffered from a lack of skilled tradespeople, he said. Its time to bring these skills back and return to where we used to be many years ago. The new building will provide engineering students - who used to be an in old 1950s block - with state of the art equipment and skills. Harry Shone, who is studying for his second year of his level three BTEC diploma in engineering, said he was very pleased with the new building. He said: Before we were in old mobile classrooms; with old industrial machines. Seeing Richard has been very inspiring, and to know a career like that is in my grasp. Neil Hookway, director for resources at Petroc, said: Students are saying what a great environment it is for them to work in. You can see the enjoyment on peoples faces. Scroll through the gallery above for more photographs from the opening of the Petroc building.